What Woody Wrote

House of Earth

by Woody Guthrie, edited and introduced by Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp
Infinitum Nihil/Harper, 234 pp., $25.99

Woody Guthrie’s House of Earth was completed in 1947 but discovered only recently. It is a novel about farming; there aren’t many such. It’s a serious effort to dramatize the struggles of a young couple, Tike and Ella May Hamlin, who try to make a living as farm laborers in the most unforgiving years of an equally unforgiving place: the Texas Panhandle in the 1930s.

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